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Pete Elliott

Pete Elliott
Brothers Bump and Pete Elliott, 1960
Sport(s) Football, basketball, golf
Biographical details
Born (1926-09-29)September 29, 1926
Bloomington, Illinois
Died January 4, 2013(2013-01-04) (aged 86)
Canton, Ohio
Playing career
1945–1948 Michigan
Position(s) Quarterback (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1949–1950 Oregon State (ends)
1951–1955 Oklahoma (assistant)
1956 Nebraska
1957–1959 California
1960–1966 Illinois
1973–1974 Miami (FL)
1978 St. Louis Cardinals (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1974–1978 Miami (FL)
1979–1995 Pro Football Hall of Fame (exec. dir.)
Head coaching record
Overall 56–72–1
Bowls 1–1
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 AAWU (1958)
1 Big Ten (1963)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1994 (profile)

Peter R. Elliott (September 29, 1926 – January 4, 2013) was an American football player and coach. Elliott served as the head football coach at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (1956), the University of California, Berkeley (1957–1959), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1960–1966), and the University of Miami (1973–1974), compiling a career college football record of 56–72–11.


  • College 1
  • Coaching 2
  • Later life 3
  • Head coaching record 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Elliott was an All-American quarterback on the undefeated 1948 Michigan Wolverines football team that won a national championship. He was also a standout basketball player who was first-team All-Big Ten Conference in 1948 and second-team All-Big Ten in 1949 as well as team MVP in 1948.[1] The 1948 team finished third in the eastern region of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.[1] Elliott is the only Michigan athlete to have earned 12 letters in varsity sports: football, basketball, and golf.

Bump Elliott, Pete (No. 45), Fritz Crisler and Bruce Hilkene (No. 75) celebrate 1947 Big 9 championship after defeating Wisconsin.

At Michigan, Elliott played football with his brother Bump, who also became a well known college coach.


After college, Elliot served as an assistant coach at Oregon State (1949–50) and Oklahoma (1951–55). In 1956, he took the head coaching job at Nebraska, lasting one year with a record of 4–6. The next year, he took over at California, where he remained until 1959 with a compiled record of 10–21. In 1958, he led the Golden Bears to an AAWU title and an appearance in the Rose Bowl, where they lost to Iowa.

In 1960, Elliott succeeded Ray Eliot at Illinois and was at the school until 1966. With the Illini, his record was 31–34–1, earning a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl victory over Washington during the 1963 season. A few months after the end of the 1966 season, he was forced to resign in the wake of a slush fund scandal in the athletic program. In 1973, he became head coach at Miami, where he remained for two years and compiled an 11–11 record.

Later life

Elliott served as athletic director at Miami from 1973 to 1978. In March 1978, Elliott rejoined his former boss, Bud Wilkinson, as an assistant with the NFL St. Louis Cardinals. Elliott served as Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame from 1979 to 1995 and was serving on its Board of Trustees. Elliott was also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and was selected as a Significant Sig.

He died in Canton, Ohio of congestive heart failure in 2013, at the age of 86.[2]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Seven Conference) (1956)
1956 Nebraska 4–6 3–3 4th
Nebraska: 4–6 3–3
California Golden Bears (Pacific Coast Conference) (1957–1958)
1957 California 1–9 1–6 7th
1958 California 7–4 6–1 1st L Rose 16 16
California Golden Bears (Athletic Association of Western Universities) (1959)
1959 California 2–8 1–3 4th
California: 10–21 8–10
Illinois Fighting Illini (Big Ten Conference) (1961–1966)
1960 Illinois 5–4 3–4 T–5th
1961 Illinois 0–9 0–7 10th
1962 Illinois 2–7 2–5 8th 18
1963 Illinois 8–1–1 5–1–1 1st W Rose 4 3
1964 Illinois 6–3 4–3 T–4th 16
1965 Illinois 6–4 4–3 5th
1966 Illinois 4–6 4–3 T–3rd
Illinois: 31–34–1 22–26–1
Miami Hurricanes (Independent) (1973–1974)
1973 Miami 5–6
1974 Miami 6–5
Miami: 11–11
Total: 56–72–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

See also


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ [1]

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